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Shareef O’Neal examines the ‘Air Up There’ during the Hoops for Houston tourney at Culver City High September 23, 2017.  Image by PopScout.

The Southern California Black Coaches Association is hosting a two day tourney to help support victims of hurricanes in the State of Texas.  day 1 action completed today at Culver City High and Maranatha high School.  day two will be held at Maranatha High and will feature some pretty intriguing match ups.  Come out and support the cause.


Brentwood Sr. Guard Charlie Wadler gets off a good luck against Leuzinger during day 1 of the Hoops for Houston Tourney at Culver City High.  Image by PopScout.

Hoops for Houston
September 23-24, 2017
Maranatha High & Culver City High

@ Culver City (09/23)    
11:15  Culver City vs Taft
12:15  Leuzinger vs Brentwood
1:15    Fremont vs Crossroads
2:15    Narbonne vs Brentwood
3:15    Loyola vs Gahr
4:15    Beverly Hills vs Serra
5:15    View Park vs Price
6:15    Morningside vs Hollywood

1pm    El Camino vs LB Wilson
2pm    St. Francis vs La Salle
3pm    Warren vs Campbell Hall
4pm    Dominguez vs Van Nuys
5pm    Blair vs Muir
6pm    La Canada vs Maranatha
7pm    Alemany vs Mayfair
8pm    Pasadena vs San Gabriel Academy


Crossroads Sr. F Jay Davis with the stop and pop during day 1 of the Hoops for Houston tourney.

Day 2
@Maranatha High (09/24)

3pm  Pasadena vs Dominguez
4pm  Culver City vs Fairfax
5pm  Bishop Montgomery vs Santa Margarita
6pm  Serra vs Mairfair
7pm  Muir vs San Gabriel Academy

Elevate yo’ game

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Week 1 Standouts

Had a chance to preview some high school hoops this past weekend at St. Bernards High School Fall League.  Didn’t get a chance to see all of the action but for what we did see, it’s definitely going to be an exciting year on the CA BBall Hoop Circuit during the 2017-18 campaign.  A few soldiers, who’ve been in the lab, stood out from the rest.  It’s so early that we don’t even have names for most of them.  Game recognize game, nonetheless, as we critique play during week one of the St. Bernard Fall League.


#24 Guard
Cantwell Sacred Heart (CA)

Dynamic Guard with impressive feel for the game.  Has enough swag to carry his own and be among the top guards who are flying under the radar in the State of CA. Has developed that killer instinct mentality that allows him to get to the rack and finish.  Good bounce for a PG and natural leadership qualities on the court. With his complete all around game, should be a good piece that will have CSHM – and their new head coach –  back in the mix indeed.


David Singleton III
6’4 Sr. Guard
Bishop Montgomery High (CA)
UCLA Commit

High scoring guard with the mentality and mindset to take his game to the next level after lettering for UCLA.  Solid defender who loves to sit on the defensive end while making steals and pushing the rock on the break.  Wet Ball from long distance, minimal mental mistakes, and goes to the rack with authority.  Will need to keep developing his point guard mentality to push his game to 5 star status by seasons end.  Definitely on the McDonald’s watch list and preseason consensus All-American.


#3  PG
St. Bernard High School (CA)

We like the patience, confidence, and leadership of this young man.  Didn’t get a chance to touch base with him but his game spoke volumes.  Solid PG who may lack size but his character on the court make up for it.  Floor general who seems to enjoy the PG duties, which will make many St. Bernard fans happy campers come tip off time.  Must keep developing that scorers mentality to keep the defense honest but a great addition to any back court running mate.


#23 Forward
Cantwell Sacred Heart (CA)

Active swing-man who plays above the rim.  Tweener(6’5 -6’7) who will need to fine tune his game for the next level but all the intangibles are there.  Great feet, solid feel for the game, and high character player who loves to run up and down the floor.   Needs to show consistency from midrange and beyond to become a serious D1 recruit.  Cantwell is as athletic as they come. Appears as though their new coach is letting them ‘gel’ while developing a working relationship on the court. Look for them to be one of the high flying teams to watch in 2017-18.


# 0 Gianni Hunt
PG Senior
Bishop Montgomery High (CA)

This young man has played in many big games since starting for BM as a sophomore.  Has grown an inch or so and appears to be a solid D1 recruit.  Loves to lock down defenders and create havoc on the defensive end.  Will need to develop his stroke from long range and work on concentrating and finishing at times in traffic.  Makes good decisions with the rock as we look for him to show supreme confidence and swag on the court. Very solid young man who will find a solid spot on someones D1 roster by seasons end.  Look for BM and Co. to be right back in the swing of things come playoff time.



#4 Guard
St. Bernard High (CA)

Active guard who shows flashes of true star status.  Can get buckets from all three levels of the court, while still keeping his teammates happy and involved with solid passing and unselfish play.  The verdict is still out on the young man as we eagerly wait to see how he performs against the top teams during the fall league.  High potential player definitely on the radar you feel me.

Week 2 of the St. Bernard Fall league kicks off Saturday September 23, 2017.

September 23, 2017
Tentative Schedule

9am    Van Nuys vs W. Torrance
10am  Calabassas vs St. Bernard
11am  Calabassas vs Mira Costa
12pm  St Joseph vs Mira Costa
1pm    St Joseph vs Redondo Union
2pm    Burbank vs Redondo Union
3pm    Burbank vs Gardena
4pm    Cantwell vs St. Genevieve
5pm    El Segundo vs  Lawndale
6pm    Crossroads vs St. Bernard

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The Speed of the Game.


Scouts on hand looking for the next big thing during ‘The 8’ Tourney hosted by Big Foot Hoops. How do you prepare for fast-paced, super skilled action at the highest level?

Hands. Feet. Eyes.  All working together as one.  The speed of the game can be a challenge for some. Players find out reel soon that something, something, just aint right (singing in my Keith Sweat voice). It’s one thing to simulate game speed in practice, it’s another to be able to perform when it counts.  Big time players make it look easy, some would say even appearing to play in slow motion.  All while still able to show killer instincts when it counts.  Pull the dagger you feel me.



Many players making the leap from another country, such as Alemany Class of 2018 F Fred Odhiambo, are finding out the speed of the game is much faster.  How does one compensate?  Image by PopScout.

Many who are in the lab, working on their game, find out the hard way family.  It’s a two way street:  game preparation vs. game time performance.  Picture this…You practice with the best trainers, putting in hours of work in the lab.  You compete in practice and go to work during pick up games.  Unfortunately, when it’s time to shine under the lights, you just can’t seem to develop that magic needed to excel and impress the powers that be – D1 scouts. Players showing up from other countries with skills of their own, are finding out real fast they must step their game up to “a hole ‘notha level” in order to compete with the big boys.


So you got aspirations of making it to the league huh?  Let’s be honest…could you truly perform at the highest level?  Image by PopScout.

It will be interesting to see those who truly want to make it to the big dance and those who just want to be a part of the team.  2017-18 should yield some true thoroughbreds, punching their ticket to a college campus of choice. Like those Gatorade commercials folks…is it in you?  If you know deep down inside you don’t have what it takes to make an impact, step aside for soldiers who truly want to make a difference.  Sorry for being blunt fam’.  Game recognize game.

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Cassius Stanley is Showtime.


6’6 Soph. Guard Cassius Stanley is showtime for Harvard Westlake.  Image by PopScout.

Cassius Stanley is indeed a human highlight reel.  The kid can change the game with his supernatural ability.  Take a look at a few clips of him in action against Loyola during their 61-54 W.  It was a sold out crowd on hand and Stanley didn’t disappoint, treating us with some monstrous dunks to move the crowd.  Eric B and Rakim would be pleased.  You can see the human highlight reel in action tonight, Jan 06, 2017 against St Francis at 7pm at Harvard Westlake.  Tickets are a hot commodity in Studio City, you feel me,  so you best come early to get your seat.

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Alemany Warriors: Front Court Running Mates


Sr KJ Warren is formidable at 6’5 245 lbs.  He adds that needed dirty work.

In a time when Southern CA basketball is dominated by guards and an up and down style of play, it’s nice to see teams who can rely on their bigs to get the job done.  Alemany is one that benefits from a post presence and a dynamic frontcourt tandem.  KJ Warren is a 6’5 245 forward who brings grit and toughness to his squad.  PopScout likes to refer to him as the junkyard dog – keeps the house(paint) protected from burglars (opponents) and cleans up the mess (hits the boards and loves to bang).


Jr Center Fred Odhiambo works on his form before a league game January 2, 2017.

6’11 210lbs Center Fred Odhaimbo is his running mate, having the ability to post up and clog up the middle with his 6’11 frame.  Blocks shots and just frankly is a match up nightmare for teams who like size on their frontcourt.  Fred is still getting adjusted to the speed of the game and learning the tendencies of his teammates.  Potential is there, as he’s shown to be a real factor for Alemany and their quest for another State Title come March Madness.

Here are a few highlights of two in action from their league game January 2, 2017 against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.  KJ Warren didn’t suit up in the loss to Centennial during The Classic @ Damian Tourney, so Centennial may want to put an asterisk by that victory.  Look for Alemany to continue to gel and be up to par for Open Division play and a great State playoff run.

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Redondo Union Take Flight Challenge

Schedule for the 4th Annual Redondo Union Take Flight Challenge


Cal commit Jemarl Baker.  Image by PopScout

Friday January 6, 2017

5:00pm Lynwood vs Bishop O’Dowd

6:30pm Redondo Union vs Camarillo

8:00pm Santa Monica vs Bishop Montgomery

Saturday January 7, 2017

12:00pm Windward vs Compton

1:30pm Brentwood vs Villa Park

3:00pm Loyola vs Leuzinger

5:00pm Birmingham vs Heritage Christian

6:30pm Redondo vs Los Altos

8:00pm Santa Margarita vs Roosevelt

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The Classic @ Damian: Oak Park… Family Affair


5’11 Freshman PG Clark Slajchert is a sharp shooter who likes to pull the bow and arrow.  Image taken at the 2016 The Classic @ Damian Tourney.

Family Affair

Growing up playing in the driveway with your brother, then having the opportunity to play with him in high school, must be a ‘sweet thang’.  We’re all aware of the Ball Brothers setting the standard for families bringing their A game, but what about others who’ve gotten the opportunity to suit up and represent their Fam’?  The Slajcherts out of Oak Park are putting up some very good numbers.   During The Classic @ Damian Tourney, the two showed why they’re legitimate ballers and ones to watch as the season unfolds.


6’4 Jr Guard Wes Slajchert – seen here playing D against Birmingham High –  shows the ability to shake and bake and get his shot off.  Image by PopScout.

Wes is a Jr 6’4 Guard who has nice skillets.  Running the show for his ball club while making good decisions with the rock, he handles the PG duties with authority. Has the handles and skills to get his shot off at will and shoots over smaller defenders with his 6’4 frame. The kid is athletic enough to be considered a premiere guard for the Class of 2018.  His brother Clack is right behind him as a Freshman stud, learning the tricks of the trade from big bro’ Wes. Clark currently stands at 5’11 (I’m sure he’s waiting on that growth spurt you feel me), who has the ability to pull the bow and arrow, stretching defenses with his sharp shooting abilities. Clark will definitely benefit from playing the best of the best as only a Freshman and playing alongside his brother in the backcourt. The Eagles have played a brutal schedule thus far (10-6), going up against Roosevelt, Sierra Canyon, Long Beach Poly, Birmingham, Alemany, and Santa Margarita.  Good Lord!  Oak Park is sure to be battle tested come post season play and will definitely learn a lot from playing against tougher competition, than they would by beating up on crumb-cake opponents.

Take a look at footage from The Classic @ Damian Tourney. Oak Park goes up against a very stout Birmingham squad and almost comes away with the W.  Stay in the lab and continue to lean on each other young soldiers.  PopScout thinks you guys have something special.

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Starting from Ground Zero: Chavez Boys Basketball

The Los Angeles Unified School District has added 130 new schools over the past several years.  With that being said, these schools are now faced with building their athletic programs among the many schools who’ve already established themselves over the decades.  How does a program get up to par and put itself on the radar, let alone be competitive enough to compete with the top dogs?


Head Coach Jeff Davis talks to his squad during a timeout of the 2016 Village Christian Tournament.  The Eagles are 10-3 and look to make a name for itself on the CA BBall Hoops Circuit.  Image by PopScout.

Chavez High School is faced with such a task.  The school is located in the San Fernando Valley, looking to make a dent in the competitive basketball hoop world of Southern California.  Their head Coach Jeff Davis, has a daunting task of building his program from ground zero.  Is there a recipe for success?  Sure there is, as he and his coaching staff are on the right track.  During a recent tourney game at Village Christian, the team went up against Burbank High School.  Although the team didn’t come away with the W, many factors were in place that will ensure their success this year –  and years to come.

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As players head off the court, coaches need to let them know what mistakes they’re making , not only to make their game better individually, but help the team as well.  The Chavez coaching staff does a great job teaching kids about the game and holding them accountable for their actions.

Factor 1: Coaching.
The coaches are saying the right things on the sidelines during games, as well as in the huddle during timeouts.  Their coaching staff shows passion, good knowledge of the game, and a willingness to talk to kids instead of just screaming at them and putting them down.  This is key for a young program, whose kids may not buy into your philosophy of play, until you show that you care about them and are willing to nurture them for their mistakes. Just benching kids and not communicating with them is a recipe for disaster for smaller schools on the rise.


The coaching staff are on the same page at Chavez High – holding kids to high expectations and showing true passion and knowledge of the game.

Factor 2:  Playing as a unit.
The team shows a passion for the game and a willingness to play team ball.  Cohesion (ability to play as a unit) is a critical component to develop as young programs establish their ‘identity’ on the court – especially against the better competition.   While playing against Burbank High – which was a major jump in competition for Chavez – they showed early on that, if we play as a unit and run our stuff, we can hang with anyone.  Rarely did we see anyone trying to be a ‘soldier boy’ and take over the show – disregarding the rest of the team to get his. It’s all about believing in yourself and stepping up as a team at the end of the day.  As Chavez continues to grow, look for this squad to continue to improve on its mistakes – somewhat like being in the classroom – games are tests, measuring your level of knowledge before taking the final exam.  It’s all about becoming battle-tested at the end of the day you feel me.


For newer programs just starting out, coaches must stay in the ear of their players in order to get their point across.  Image by PopScout

Factor 3:  Organization and support factor.
Doing the little things can make or break young teams as they develop their sense of play.  Do you have support from your assistants who know the game and truly care about you as a person and player?  Are you filming games and watching film to get better as a unit?  Have you developed a pregame regime?  Do you have family and school support during games that allow your team to develop a since of pride –  knowing that people care about you and show up to games to support you? It’s difficult to gauge this during tournament play but we did see Chavez filming games, parents cheering and understanding their style of play, and a strong support system behind their bench – staying in players’ ears when they were down and letting them know that someone cares.  Good stuff for up and coming teams.

It’s definitely a tough job developing new programs with the limited budget many LAUSD coaches are faced with. Of course there are many other factors that come into play as well. But believing in what you do and truly caring about your players will get around and before long, you will be one of the talked about schools and land yourself on the map.  Word on the street you feel me.  As Chavez coaching staff continues to nurture kids and give 1000 percent,  look for the Eagles to become a force to be reckoned with in years to come.  Show up and support your team family, faculty, and administration. PopScout sends his blessings.


Take a look at highlights from the Burbank vs Chavez game played December 28, 2016.  We spotlight Jr. Guard David Parks.  Chavez bounced back the following day, defeating Kennedy by a score of 68-60 and will play today, December 30, 2016 at 5:30pm at Village Christian. Come out family and friends to support this young, up and coming squad. Stay in the lab young men and continue to play and develop as a unit.

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The Classic at Damian: Birmingham Patriots are the Real Deal


Nick Halic has done a tremendous job implementing his style of play, having his kids buy into his philosophy of play.  Image taken at The Classic @ Damian Tourney 2016.

One of the hardest things a coach can do is get his players to buy into what you’re doing as a coaching staff and then turn this into performance on the court.  Nick Halic – Head Coach at Birmingham High School – has done just that.  His kids play a style of basketball similar to that of Chino Hills – showing the prowess and wherewithal on the court that  just may catapult them to their first City title in school history.  With that being said, other teams may want to put them on the radar and send out your scouting personnel. This group of young men play the game at a high level and will definitely cause some issues for teams who aren’t familiar with their style of play.


6’5 Sr. Guard Devante Doutrive is a monster on the court and reeks havoc for opposing teams.  He has flourished under his head coaches’ system.  Image taken at the 2016 Classic Tourney at Damian High.  Not quite sure why this young man hasn’t received major offers from D! schools…are you kidding me??

Birmingham showed up late to the Damian Classic (bus issues) and almost got stunned by Oak Park.  In the end, it was too much athleticism for Oak Park and talented Jr. Forward Riley Battin.  Oak Park held his own but couldn’t do much on the defensive end of the court as Birmingham pulled out the victory by a score of 81-78.    Below are highlights of the ‘Big three’ from Birmingham, who have transferred in and placed the Patriots on the Map Indeed – Deschon, Devonaire, and Devante.

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The Classic @ Damian: Matt Mitchell


CS Fullerton commit 6’6 SG Matt Mitchell is a special breed.  The kid has potential to land on the radar of NBA scouts when it’s all said and done.  Image by PopScout.

As smooth as a baby’s booty.  That’s what we think of when watching Matt Mitchell from Eastvale (CA) Roosevelt play the game of basketball.  If there was any NBA comparison than it would have to be of NBA legend Mark Aguirre.  We don’t just like this young man’s game, we love it and think he will become a major stud at Cal State Fullerton and land on the radar of NBA scouts.  The 6’6 215 lbs shooting guards’ game is so versatile – showing the ability to handle the rock, run the floor, hit from all levels of the court, finish in traffic and round the rim, and has that killer instinct and basketball IQ you just don’t see too often.  He lives under the shadow of cal commit Jemarl Baker but is quietly making a name for himself  and showing all college scouts that they missed out on a true thoroughbred.

Here’s some highlights of this young man as he leads his team in scoring on opening day of The Class @ Damian tournament hosted by Head Coach Mike Leduc and Damian High School.  It was a night when his performance was overshadowed by his teammate Jemarl Baker, who dropped 8 three’s for long range.  We don’t want to jinx this young man and put any pressure on him but we like what we see from Matt and feel as though he will land on the plate of an NBA team in a few years to come.

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